Michael Carayannis

Michael Carayannis

Michael Carayannis is a Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

NRL's integrity unit given more powers after South Sydney Rabbitohs debacle

Michael Carayannis The NRL has beefed up the powers of its integrity unit following its bungling of South Sydney’s incident in Arizona.

Greg Bird's in a lonely place, says Paul Gallen

Long break: Paul Gallen at Cronulla training on Monday.

Michael Carayannis Greg Bird "wasn't the best" when news of his drug charges broke, according to close friend Paul Gallen.

Dragons fans fired up after being thousands of dollars out of pocket with game switch

On the road again: The Dragons will head to New Zealand to play the Storm in round 20.

Michael Carayannis St George Illawarra fans, who have been left thousands of dollars out of pocket, have vented their frustrations following Melbourne Storm's decision to move their round 20 clash against the Dragons...

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Parramatta Eels take a stand against domestic violence with action plan

Michael Carayannis Parramatta is to become the first sporting club in Australia to launch an in-house domestic violence action plan.

Parramatta chief executive Scott Seward wants more consultation on stadia strategy from Dave Smith

Battle ground: Parramatt’s dedicated fans.

Michael Carayannis Parramatta chief executive Scott Seward has called on NRL boss Dave Smith to consult clubs when it comes to deciding the games stadia strategy.

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NRL introduces largest shake-up of junior rugby league in three decades

Michael Carayannis Junior rugby league has undergone its biggest overhaul in 33 years with a host of rule changes.

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St George Illawarra Dragons skipper Ben Creagh hoping he's not shown the door

Ben Creagh

Michael Carayannis St George Illawarra skipper Ben Creagh says he would be "very disappointed" if he is the next long-term player to be squeezed out of the club.

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South Sydney's Ben Lowe left "shattered" by grand final omission

Michael Carayannis Issac Luke wasn't the only long-term Rabbitoh to watch his teams triumph from the sideline. Ben Lowe became the forgotten man of South Sydney's fairytale win when the loyal servant was overlooked for...

South Sydney Rabbitohs' Luke Keary refuses to splash cash despite rich new deal

Michael Carayannis The ink has barely dried on Luke Keary's richest contract but the South Sydney five-eighth isn't getting carried away, still proud to drive his more than decade old Honda Accord to training.

Wade Graham wants NRL to rally around Gold Coast Titans players after Cronulla's ASADA experience

Calling for support: Wade Graham at the NRL's advertising campaign launch at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday.

Michael Carayannis With his own drugs scandal still fresh in his mind, Cronulla vice-captain Wade Graham has urged the NRL to rally around the Titans payers amid fears for players' welfare.

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Paul Bloomfield, the doctor who warned against Stephen Dank, joins NRL

New role: NRL chief medico Paul Bloomfield.

Michael Carayannis Paul Bloomfield – the man who forced Stephen Dank out of Manly and warned Cronulla against the controversial sports scientist - has been appointed as the NRL's new chief medical officer.

Jamie Lyon battles injury and uncertainty surrounding Daly Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran

Sea Eagles in the news: Jamie Lyon and Kieran Foran at training. Lyon has sprained his patella.

Michael Carayannis The Sea Eagles could be dealt a double blow before the season starts with Jamie Lyon faces an uphill battle to be fit for round one, on top of the news that Kieran Foran is set to join the Eels on a...

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Stuart Clark swaps cricket bat for football in new rugby league role

Michael Carayannis Former Australian Test bowler Stuart Clark will take up a position as second in charge of the NSW Rugby League (NSWRL) as he works towards his goal of running a sporting organisation.

Daly Cherry-Evans' LeBron James moment as he moves closer to decision

In demand: Daly Cherry-Evans.

Michael Carayannis All that's left in the Daly Cherry-Evans sideshow is for the Manly halfback to make a decision on where he is "taking his talents" after declaring he was close to making an announcement on his...

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Queensland Crime Commission investigate Jason Smith’s activities at the 1994 Kangaroos reunion

Arrested: Former league player Jason Smith is alleged to have been involved in a drug ring.

Michael Carayannis, Adrian Proszenko Jason Smith's activities at the 1994 Kangaroos reunion formed part of the Queensland Crime Commission's investigation which led to the arrest of the former representative star.

Gold Coast Titans chief executive Graham Annesley says door is open to dumped players

Michael Carayannis Titans chief executive Graham Annesley is yet to hear from the five players stood down by the club but says he is open to help the group.

NRL refuse to register Parramatta's Richie Fa'aoso’s contract over insurance concerns

Richie Fa'aoso wears a neck brace during the Manly Sea Eagles NRL grand final media day at Brookvale Oval in 2013.

Michael Carayannis Richie Fa'aoso's dream of a comeback from a broken neck appears to be dashed after the NRL failed to register the Parramatta's recruit contract because of insurance concerns.

Dylan Napa expected to reject St George Illawarra and sign long-term deal with Roosters

Dylan Napa is comfortable with Trent Robinson as coach.

Michael Carayannis Faith in Trent Robinson is expected to see Dylan Napa reject a rich offer from St George Illawarra to extend his stay at the Roosters by up to three years.

Life and times of Greg Bird

NRL. State of Origin, Game 2. ANZ Stadium.
Greg Bird remonstrates with the Referee
Wednesday 18th June, 2014
Photos: Anthony Johnson

Michael Carayannis Controversy has followed the Titans player for over a decade.

Drug scandal: Gold Coast Titans Greg Bird, Dave Taylor and Kalifa Faifai Loa stood down

Titans forward Greg Bird has been served with a notice to appear in court to face drug charges.

Michael Carayannis The Titans crisis has deepened with Greg Bird facing the sack after became the latest player charged in the cocaine disaster which threatens to destroy the club.